16 May 2019

Year 2 Update Week 33


Thursday 23rd May – Rescheduled trip to Discovery Bay

Tuesday 28th May – Year 1 Bake Sale. Bring some money and a container for a tasty treat!

Thursday 30th May – PTA Quiz

Tuesday 4th June – Year 3 Bake Sale. Bring some money for a tasty treat!

Friday 7th June – Dragon Boat Festival. School closed.

Friday 28th June – Last day of the School Year. School finishes at 12:00

Please sign the e-notice for our rescheduled trip to Discovery Bay on Thursday 23rd May. We need as many adult helpers as possible so that the children are safe on the journey and also so the children will be able to go on the journey they have planned in their chosen groups. It is a fun day for both adults and children.
School Uniform
Please ensure your child has a hat every day. As with Sports Day, the day can start out cloudy, but then brighten up and the children can get catch the sun easily.
  PE Kit Library Bags
2D Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday
2F Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Thursday
2K Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Wednesday
2D have rescheduled their library day to Monday for the following 2 weeks. Monday 20th May and Monday 27th May.
Next week, 2F will be going to the library on Tuesday 21st May.

2F and 2K had a special treat this week from Year 3! Year 3 have made some models based on different systems in the human body. They were able to show their models and explain the body system to the the Year 2s. 2D will have this experience next week.

Unit of Inquiry

As a fun start to our new Geography based unit of inquiry, the children used a map of the playground and went on a treasure hunt. They had to locate flags from different countries which each showed a letter. They then had to unscramble the letters to correctly spell the name of a country.

The children have also been finding out about the different continents and oceans of the world and locating them in atlases.


The children have finished their inquiry into 2D and 3D shapes and enjoyed building their own 3D shapes from nets. 


The children have continued using their individual writing targets to help them improve their writing.

Reading sessions have also focused on inference. The children have looked for clues in the text and illustrations to answer questions.

Fun Friends 

We have started to focus on the letter ‘I’ (I can try). In these sessions, the children will learn more about being brave and developing resilience. They have started to look at how to change red thoughts into green thoughts.  Find out more by using the username and password in your child’s Home School Diary to log into the Fun Friends online programme!

Central idea: Geography influences our experiences

Lines of inquiry

  • The significant features of places -form
  • How the features of a place influence our experiences -causation
  • The relationship of our location to other parts of the world – connection

The children will continue to look at atlases. They are trying to remember the names of the continents. They will also be identifying the significant features of HK . 

Central Idea: Shapes are classified and named according to their properties

Lines of Inquiry

  • Sort, describe, construct and label familiar two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects in the environment using appropriate vocabulary
  • Identify and record examples of symmetry in the environment

Location: Next week the children will describe position and direction using mathematical vocabulary, for example left, right, forwards, backwards.

All of the Year 2 classes have also spent some time on the Daily 10. This is a useful way to check and support your child’s mental maths skills. Different levels can be set. Please see the link below: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

Hit the Button is another fun game that practises a range of different mental maths, including multiplication facts. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Writing focus: Writing to describe

Next week the children will explore writing to describe a place in an interesting way.

Reading focus: Inferring

The Year 2 teachers will continue to carry out the final reading assessments of Year 2. Please note that these are carried out on an individual basis and can take around 15 minutes per child, per book so the process can take a long time, particularly when children read multiple texts. 

Well done to:
No Golden Book this week (public holiday)
Please learn the third list in preparation for next Friday! 
In our class handwriting lessons are continuing to introduce the children to cursive handwriting. Correct letter formation is very important. Please encourage this at home. 
Home Reading
Please read at home with your child each day and sign their Reading Journal. Please encourage your child to write the date and title in their Reading Journal, including for Big Universe.
In Big Universe, select ‘Library’. On the right-hand side you will be able to select the ‘grade’ for your child. The appropriate grade selection is kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade. This covers the age group of our children at BHS.
Mandarin – All children are encouraged to take a reading book home on the days when they have Mandarin lessons.

Support your child’s understanding of Measurement even further at home with the following ideas.

  • Invite your child into the kitchen and have them help weighing and pouring out ingredients for baking.
  • Let them weigh themselves and other objects on the family scales.
  • Measure their height and help them measure the heights of other people in the family.
  • Engage them in discussions around estimation, for example, “I think the chair is about 10 hands high. What do you think?” or “I think this milk bottle holds more liquid than this can of coke. How can we find out?”
  • Let them play with measuring cups, jugs and spoons in the shower or bathtub.